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County officials on Tuesday night gave the green light for the construction of a new Grady County Volunteer Fire Station in north Grady County.
Last month, the Grady County Commission officially accepted the donation of one acre of land by William Morgan West and Robert L. Holden for the specific use as a remote fire station.
Under the terms of the agreement with the county, if the property should cease to be used as a fire station, it reverts back to the ownership of the donors.
Grady County Fire Chief Richard Phillips presented the board with three bids for the construction of a 40” x 40” x 16” metal building and slab to be erected on the Harrell Road location donated by West and Holden, owners of Grady Ranch.
The bids received were: Select Metal Builders – $55,730; Dean Steel Buildings – $61,625; and GFA Design/Build – $82,399.
Chief Phillips said that all of the existing volunteer fire stations in the county were built by Select Metal Builders and that the new Harrell Road station would be a replica of the existing stations.
The fire chief also reported that Grady County Road Department crews have already cleared the building site and staked off the location of the building.
Commissioners were urged to take action quickly with the volatile price of building supplies forcing vendors to only honor bids for a period of five days.
Chief Phillips said the low bid was approximately $3,000 more than a bid he had received a couple of months ago.
The board voted unanimously to accept the low bid and Phillips was instructed to notify the vendor immediately.
The board of commissioners has identified locations in the county where remote stations are required in order to bring down the cost of fire insurance for rural county residents who are not within a certain distance of an existing fire station.
In related business, the board also approved the low bid of $57,719 from Stallings Motors for a new regular cab chassis for the county’s rescue truck. The box from the current unit will be transferred to the new chassis and the old chassis will be transferred to the county’s road department.
The only other bid received was for $62,693 from Cass Burch. Bids were solicited from Albany Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep and Riverbend Chrysler but neither submitted bids.
Both the new remote fire station and the rescue truck chassis are budgeted expenditures and the bids are within the anticipated budget for those items, according to Grady County administrator J.C. (Buddy) Johnson III.